M.Ed. in Curriculum and Learning: Early Childhood Concentration

Dr. Holly Seplocha
Office: 1600 Valley Rd. Rm 4103 
Phone: 973-720-2310
Email: seplochah@wpunj.edu

Program Description:

This concentration focuses on inquiry-based learning of developmentally appropriate practice, family involvement, technology, and issues and trends in early childhood education. Students apply theoretical knowledge to action research studies conducted in a variety of early childhood settings. Students are prepared to develop innovative curricula and take leadership roles in the field of early childhood education.

View Requirements and Course Descriptions: Curriculum and Learning: Early Childhood, MED

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Entry Requirements:
Each applicant must demonstrate that he or she can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in educational theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended: A cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may supplement their application with additional evidence in support of their academic potential for successful completion of the degree program)
  • A copy of a CEAS or standard teaching license (Program directors have discretion to waive this requirement based on unique circumstances).
  • Participation and satisfactory completion of a group interview.

Exit Requirements:

  • The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study for all concentrations including six credits in educational research culminating in the production of a master's thesis.
  • The completion of a multi-chapter empirical/action research thesis in the field of specialization to be developed during Research in Education I and Research in Education II courses.